Yōko Takahashi (高橋 洋子 Takahashi Yōko, born August 28, 1966) is a Japanese singer (whose vocals are very easily recognizable) from Tokyo, perhaps best known for performing A Cruel Angel's Thesis (残酷な天使のテーゼ Zankoku na Tenshi no Tēze), the opening theme song of the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. She also performs the closing theme, an "acid bossa" version of "Fly Me to the Moon" and Tamashii no Rufuran (魂のルフラン Tamashii no Rufuran, Refrain of Soul), the closing theme of Evangelion: Death and Rebirth. She also recently performed "Metamorphose," the opening theme to studio Gainax's 20th anniversary series, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, the ending theme Yoake Umarerekuru Shōjo (夜明け生まれ来る少女 The Girl who was Born at Dawn) for the anime Shakugan no Shana (灼眼のシャナ Blazing-Eyed Shana) and the opening theme Aoki Flamme for Pumpkin Scissors (パンプキン・シザーズ Panpukin Shizāzu) She is also Arimi Matsuno's sister-in-law and her sister is the writer Rumiko Takahashi. Some of the songs she sang for the series include:
- A Cruel Angel's Thesis (Original and 10th Anniversary Versions).
- Tamashii no Rufuran (Soul's Refrain), the ending song for Rebirth (Original and 10th Anniversary Versions).
- Yokan (Premonition), the ending song for Girlfriend of Steel.
- Mugen Hoyou (Eternal Embrace), the ending song for Girlfriend of Steel 2nd.
- Shiwase wa Batsu no Noi (Happiness is the Smell of Sin), the opening song for Ayanami Raising Project (Dreamcast and PC versions only).
- A few versions of Fly Me to the Moon used in the series.
- Kokoro yo Genshi ni Modore (Heart, Return to your Origin), not used in the series or games.
- Tsuki no Meikyu (Moon Labyrinth), not used in the series or games.
- All of Takahashi's songs, minus any versions she sang of Fly Me to the Moon, can be found on the Neon Genesis Evangelion Decade album.
|Staff||Hideaki Anno • Kazuya Tsurumaki • Ikuto Yamashita • Shirō Sagisu • Yoshiyuki Sadamoto • Takeshi Honda • Yoko Takahashi • Akio Satsukawa • Masayuki|
|Cast||Megumi Ogata • Yuko Miyamura • Megumi Hayashibara • Tomokazu Seki • Akira Ishida • Maaya Sakamoto • Fumihiko Tachiki • Motomu Kiyokawa • Kotono Mitsuishi • Kōichi Yamadera •Yuriko Yamaguchi • Miki Nagasawa • Hiro Yūki • Takehito Koyasu • Mika Doi • Maria Kawamura • Mugihito • Tetsuya Iwanaga • Junko Iwao|
|Companies||Gainax • khara inc.|